GALLERY: Champs again! San Miguel wins 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon View comments Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal MANILA, Philippines–San Miguel put a fitting ending to its phenomenal turnaround this conference, winning the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup title over top-seeded TNT in six games.The Beermen continued their chase for a rare Grand Slam, so far winning two of the three titles at stake this season.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Here are some photos from San Miguel’s 102-90 victory in Game 6 that clinched the crown:June Mar Fajardo attacks the basket in Game 6. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Chris McCullough unleashed 35 points in Game 6. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMonster performance from Terrence Jones in the loss. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger had a solid performance in the finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJayson Castro wins best player of the conference but missed the chance to add to his title haul, Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel guards know what’s coming. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel import Chris McCullough. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVon Pessumal delivers the long bombs for the Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel celebrates as the title looms. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn exhausted Terrence Jones gives it his all for TNT. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnd the celebration begins for the Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThat championship feeling. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHead coach Leo Austria hugs Al Francis Chua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo cuts down the net. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo celebrates his second title with his son. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Beermen add another title to their league-best collection. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSay, eight titles! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA lot to celebrate about for Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBROTHERS. Terrence Romeo Chris Ross hug it out. and Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChampions again! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnd another title for San Miguel’s best local player. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris McCullough signing off. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian After Finals featuring NBA first-rounders, SMB knows best route to Grand Slam glorylast_img read more

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Ribery, Benzema sex charges dropped

first_imgBayern Munich and France winger Ribery’s lawyer, Carlo Alberto Brusa, said that his client “had goosebumps” when he was told the news.“This affair will nevertheless leave behind a little field of ruins,” he added. “Many people have been hurt by this.“We have fought for this acquittal to leave no blemishes. One can make mistakes in life without it having anything to do with the courts.”Sylvain Cormier, the lawyer acting for Real Madrid striker Benzema, said he was pleased that the case was finally at an end after “pointless” proceedings lasting four years.“Karim had protested his innocence,” he said, adding that the case had been a “nightmare” for his client.News of the investigation into Ribery, now 30, and Benzema, 26, broke just before France’s disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign.Ribery was accused of having sexual relations with Dehar in 2009, and Benzema in 2008, when she was a minor.Although the age of consent is 15 in France, paying for sex with anyone under 18 is a crime but the court had heard that Dehar, who later gained fame as a lingerie model and designer, had lied about her age.However, during a hearing last week, the prosecutor in the case asked for the charges against the high-profile duo to be dropped “pure and simple”.Ribery acknowledged having sex with Dehar in Munich in 2009 but he denied paying her 700 euros ($950) and also said he did not know she was a prostitute.Benzema, meanwhile, denies that any supposed encounter with Dehar in a Paris hotel ever took place.Neither Ribery nor Benzema attended the hearing, while Dehar also chose not to play any part in the trial.After news of the charges first emerged, Dehar rose to fame under the tutelage of fashion impresario Karl Lagerfeld.The affair started as police investigated the Zaman Cafe cabaret venue near to the Champs-Elysees in Paris, suspecting that prostitution was rife at the venue, which has since been closed.The investigation started after anonymous intelligence suggested that Abousofiane Moustaïd, a former contestant on French reality television show ‘Nouvelle Star’, was working as a paid intermediary.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000PARIS, France, January 30 – A Paris court on Thursday dropped the case against French footballers Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery, who had been accused of having sex with underage prostitute Zahia Dehar.The court also dropped the case against Ribery’s brother-in-law, but handed down sentences ranging from three months suspended to one year plus an extra year suspended to five others accused of pimping.last_img read more

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IDAC slashes Kimanzi’s ban to four matches

first_img“I think it is the right decision and as a club we are very happy that the ban has been reduced. In our opinion we didn’t think it was a justified decision and also, why did they have to wait until April for something that happened in November last year?” assistant coach Salim Ali who has been holding forte in Kimanzi’s absence posed.He added; “In Mathare, we all share the same philosophy from the head coach going down but when you have the head of the team missing, it is something different. We have really missed him on the touchline and it is great he is back,”Kimanzi has missed three matches; the 5-1 drubbing away to Ulinzi Stars, the 0-0 draw at home against Chemelil Sugar and last weekend’s 1-0 victory against 15-time champions Gor Mahia. His last match off the touchline will be Friday’s clash against Bandari in Machakos.Mathare United players celebrate one of their goals against Thika United in their 3-2 win at the Thika Sub County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe 12th placed Mathare will hope their new found form after beating Gor will spur them on against the dockers with Ali making it clear they will be going for nothing short of three points.“Of course the victory against Gor gave us so much confidence, but that is now gone and this is a different game all together with a different strategy. It will be a tough match because Bandari has very experienced players with quality,” the tactician opined.“But Mathare United we know we have the talent and that is what we will work with for this match. We are going to fight for the three points because we need to go back to the top,” he added.Ali has also lauded the young players who he says have been growing game by game since the opening day of the season, adding they have learnt tough lessons more so from the 5-1 thrashing at Ulinzi Stars.The Slum Boys have never lost to Bandari and last season, they completed a double. They hope the script does not change when they lock horns in Machakos.In the other match set to be played on Friday, Kariobangi Sharks will take on Sony Sugar at the same venue in a match set to kick off at 4:15pm.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gestures during a past Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has had his six-match suspension by the Kenyan Premier League Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee slashed to four matches after a successful appeal at the Appeals Committee.The tactician had been slapped with a month-long ban which would have covered six matches after an incident last season in his side’s match against Sofapaka which saw the game stopped for 17 minutes after protesting his sending off.last_img read more

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Mexican coast braces for Dean

first_imgBut most modern Mayans have seen little of the Yucatan’s peninsula’s riches from either oil or tourism. Many still live in small settlements, in traditional breezy, thatched-roofed, oval-shaped homes made of sticks, making them easy prey for such huge storms. And as Dean roared near, many here expressed sympathy with the Maya – but a thankfulness the storm would apparently not bash the coast’s biggest resort and moneymaker, Cancun. While Cancun seemed likely to be spared a direct hit, tens of thousands of tourists fled the beaches of the Mayan Riviera on Monday. Central Mexico was next on the storm’s path, though the outer bands were likely to bring rain, flooding and gusty winds to south Texas, already saturated after an unusually rainy summer. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the rigs are made of steel, designed to withstand damaging winds. The 800-year-old seaside temples at Tulum are made from solid limestone. Much more vulnerable to Hurricane Dean are the Mayan people who still live all over this low-lying area. With the storm surge projected to rise as high as 12 to 18 feet above normal tides at the center of the storm, it could push seawater deep inland, and Dean’s heavy rains could inundate the swampy area. Dean – which has killed at least 12 people across the Caribbean – grew to a monstrous Category 5 storm Monday night with winds of 160 mph just hours before it was projected to hit Mexico and Belize early today. A Category 5 is the National Weather Service’s highest rating, and storms of that magnitude are capable of causing catastrophic damage. By 8 p.m. PDT, Dean was centered about 150miles east of Chetumal, where it was projected to make landfall early today. Chetumal is about 120 miles south of Tulum. The Yucatan peninsula is the Mayan heartland, a place rich in ancient culture as well as oil. Its Caribbean coast is dotted with beach resorts; its Gulf is dotted with oil platforms. EVACUATIONS: Oil workers and tourists flee as hurricane heads toward low-lying Mayan lands. By Mark Stevenson THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TULUM, Mexico – The last oil workers were evacuated from their rigs Monday, and the last tourists removed from ancient Mayan temples – along with metal signs, tree limbs or anything else that could go airborne in hurricane-force winds and potentially damage the structures. last_img read more

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VIDEO: Is this the most incredible penalty miss ever?

first_img1 Is this the most incredible penalty miss ever? HOW!?? pic.twitter.com/pHHzHS04qr— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) October 30, 2015The full shoot-outcenter_img Penalty shoot-outs aren’t for the faint of heart with heroes and villains created at the stroke of a foot.It’s the cruellest way to end a contest but when an action-packed 2015 Western Conference Knockout Round match between Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers ended 2-2 after extra-time, it was the only option.It was a cracker too, as an MLS record 22 players took kicks, with Portland Timbers eventually emerging victorious on home soil.Sporting Kansas City star Saad Abdul-Salaam will want to forget about his shot quickly but we think it’s going to live long in the memory.The defender knew his penalty would be the winner but, somehow, his shot hit both posts and rebounded out, leaving the player, who was on the cusp of celebrating, devastated.You can see the penalty below here and the full shoot-out underneath…last_img read more

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Eight changes from Liverpool draw? Predicted Manchester United XI v Fenerbahce

first_img 20. Sergio Romero (goalkeeper) 12. Chris Smalling (centre back) 36. Matteo Darmian (right back) 17. Daley Blind (centre back) 14. Jesse Lingard (right attack) 11 11 11 11 11 7. Memphis Depay (left attack) – check out the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 16. Michael Carrick (centre midfield) 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (attacking midfield) 10. Wayne Rooney (centre forward) 27. Marouane Fellaini (centre midfield) 11 11 11 23. Luke Shaw (left back) 11 Manchester United welcome Fenerbahce to Old Trafford tonight, in the Europa League, kick off 20:05 BST.The Red Devils sit third in Group A, and if Jose Mourinho is taking this competition seriously, he’ll be demanding three points from his players.Robin van Persie makes his return to Manchester, 15 months after his exit, but all eyes will be on Mourinho’s team selection.After their forgettable goalless draw with Liverpool, will the Portuguese coach make changes to his side? Will the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly be rested ahead of the weekend’s meeting with Chelsea?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Manchester United XI by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11last_img read more

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Hamilton complete double swoop for Tshiembe and Marsden

first_imgAccies boss Martin Canning said: ”Delph adds physical presence and experience having played top-level football in Denmark.””He’s a strong, powerful player who is equally as comfortable in central defence as he is in central midfield. We’ve been working hard to strengthen the team and will continue to do so.”Accies have also finalised a move for former Ipswich keeper Marsden, who left the Tractor Boys at the end of the 2016/17 campaign before a brief spell in the non-league game.The 21-year-old, who gained first team experience with St Ives Town and Mildenhall, impressed Canning enough over a stint training with the club to earn a deal. Canning continued: “Jacob has been in training at the club, has shown up well in games and adds competition to Woodsy and Ryan in the strong goalkeeping department we have here.” Hamilton have completed a double swoop for Delphin Tshiembe and former Ipswich goalkeeper Jacob Marsden.Tshiembe, who is comfortable playing at centre-back or in centre-midfield, will play his football outside of Denmark for the first time in his career at Accies.The 26-year-old, born in DR Congo, came through the youth ranks at FC Copenhagen before turning out at senior level for five other Danish clubs.Most recently, Tshiembe helped AC Horsens to a 6th place finish in the Superliga before departing the club at the end of last season.last_img read more

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Play celebrates Indian-African history

first_img14 April 2011 Indians first came to South Africa as indentured labourers 150 years ago. The Coolie Odyssey, a new play running at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, celebrates that long history. Rajesh Gopie, the writer and director, also wrote the multi-award winning play Out of Bounds, which debuted at the Market Theatre in 1999, telling the story of a South African Indian family during and after apartheid. In The Coolie Odyssey, the plot unfolds as the storyteller, an extraordinary monkey with memories of previous human incarnations, types up on an old typewriter the life of Ramlal Kilhari, an indentured labourer who arrived in Durban in 1888. With exciting stage sets and costumes that transport the audience to another era, the actors immerse themselves in the characters. The story begins in the 1860s, when the poverty-stricken Kilhari family decides to risk life and limb and head off to the promised land. Natal, they are led to believe, is a land of honey and milk. Along with many other Indians, Kilhari left the land of their birth, hoping for a better life. They came to Natal as indentured labourers to work in the cane fields. To entice them, they were promised a safe place to live with their families and proper food. However, on the ship Kilhari found that conditions were not as pleasing as he had imagined they would be. He was separated from his pregnant wife, raising doubts in his mind about the journey. Arriving in South Africa, Kilhari was greeted by sour milk. It was much different from what he had expected, and life was not as golden as promised. He had always dreamed of being a writer and a dancer, but in this new land his dreams faded away and he lost himself in alcohol. The play’s background music is sung live by Mumbai star Anuraag Dounidyal. “The show is wonderful,” said Londiwe Dube, a regular at the Market Theatre. “I liked the music. The acting is superb. It also helped me with a clear understanding of the Indian culture as well as their background.” On at the Market until 8 May, tickets for The Coolie Odyssey are available via Computicket as well as at the box office. On Tuesdays, they are R66; for shows on Wednesday and Thursday, tickets are R95; on Fridays and Saturdays they are R160; and on Sundays they cost R120. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Minister to boost technical colleges

first_imgSouth Africa has 50 TVET colleges, but according to Unesco, increasing the appeal of TVET has been noted as a significant policy challenge both nationally and globally. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica) The minister of higher education and training foresees progressive skills reforms with a new approach to technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in South Africa.Minister Blade Nzimande was speaking at the TVET Conference, held at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 18 and 19 November. The theme of the conference was: “Together forging a vibrant Technical and Vocational Education and Training system in South Africa”.Education is a non-negotiable in South Africa. The Constitution states: “Everyone has a right to a basic education, including adult basic education, and to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.”South Africa has 50 TVET colleges, but according to Unesco, increasing the appeal of TVET has been noted as a significant policy challenge both nationally and globally. Internationally, there are policy documents suggesting that TVET continues to struggle for parity of esteem with other forms of education.“Aligning our colleges and their programmes to the world of work is no longer negotiable. This means colleges and employers must collaborate for the prospering of individual citizens as well as the economy,” Nzimande said.Technical and vocational education and training is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work. Historically, there have been a number of terms used to describe elements of the field that are now conceived as comprising TVET. These include: apprenticeship training, vocational education, technical education, technical-vocational education, and occupational education.Nzimande emphasised the importance of TVET in skills development for economic progress. “The new approach to colleges is much more than a name change for former FET (further education and training) colleges. It signals the beginning of a whole new era for colleges in the development of the country’s post‐school education and training system.“The name change aligns us well with international practice. It also signals the integrating of formal education with practical training and aligning these to the requirements of occupations.”BUILDING PARTNERSHIPSCollaboration between business and industry, as well as education and training sectors, was vital for the success of TVET, he said, calling on TVET colleges to build strong links with business and industry. “The critical change the Higher Education Ministry seeks is that link to business and industry. I want colleges to be viewed by employers as delivering quality programmes that meet their needs.”According to Unesco, qualified and motivated teachers and instructors are key for effective learning and are at the heart of TVET quality. Effective policies and frameworks aimed at professionalising TVET staff and improving their development, living and working conditions are considered essential measures.INCREASED FUNDINGIn South Africa, the Department of Higher Education and Training seeks to stabilise systems, move the sector from a provincial to a national competence, drive articulation, expand access and make provision for poor students the basis of the turnaround of this sector.The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has increased provision for the sector from R318-million in 2009 to R2-billion in 2014. Access has increased from 340 000 students in 2009 to over 800 000 students in 2014.Yet Unesco points out that South Africa faces a number of challenges in implementing an effective TVET system. These include the lack of quantity, diversity and quality of TVET colleges. The UN agency adds that the government has addressed the problem of quantity by establishing 12 new colleges in rural KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga with the first students enrolling this year.The diversification of colleges, however, is lagging because of capacity constraints and the lack of coherence and co-operation between educational institutions and the labour market, Unesco adds.Given this, the co-operation Nzimande is calling for is expected to tackle some challenges in the TVET sector.last_img read more

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Bigwig of BJP

first_imgJournalists covering the BJP have often complimented a popular media cell functionary of the party for his head full of dark luxuriant hair. Some time back, a senior BJP leader revealed that the person, in fact, sports a wig. Few journalists bought the story.But to their shock, this was proved to be correct when they saw him on TV recently – he was completely bald. For those who still doubted it was the media cell functionary, it took just a few moments of attentive listening to the TV to realise it was the same person.last_img

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